How to Control Brain-Centered Hazards™ in the Utilities Industry

In the utilities industry, serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) can happen to even the most experienced workers who have demonstrated safe performance of the same routine task in a similar environment. Why? The answer to that question points directly to how the brain works. In order to prevent critical errors in these situations, we need to understand how the brain functions and how even small changes in the work environment can lead to performance error that results in serious injury.
In the white paper “How to Control Brain-Centered Hazards™ in the Utility Industry,” DEKRA Vice President David Musgrave and DEKRA Principal Consultant Matt Hargrove look at why understanding brain-centered hazards is imperative for any utility company that wants to reduce the potential for critical errors related to maintaining a safe operation and keeping customers cared for come rain, shine, or storm.
Success in safety requires understanding and integrating key human performance concepts. They are paramount for utility companies as they seek to move the needle in eliminating SIF exposure and in creating a strong value for team members and their families.
The white paper, “How to Control Brain-Centered Hazards™ in the Utility Industry,” explores:
  • The definition of the fast brain and the slow brain and recommendations for how to decrease the impact of fast brain functioning and increase visual recognition of potential exposures.
  • A breakdown of both the helpful and the hindering aspects of fast brain functioning.
  • How visual recognition plays a role in incidents.
  • How workers can control brain-centered hazards.
  • Tips on how to improve human performance reliability.